For Immediate Release: 1/20/2017
Contact: Zachary Janowski
Mobile: (860) 384-5777

Parents and lawmakers to discuss school choice in Connecticut
Policy and parent trainings will raise awareness about education options

January 20 – Dozens of parent advocates and state legislators will attend a joint event in Hartford with customized information sessions about school choice for each group during National School Choice Week.

On Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at 10 a.m., parents and state legislators will attend side-by-side sessions about school choice at the Mark Twain House. These sessions will be followed by a joint lunch featuring keynote speaker Oklahoma State Rep. Jason Nelson, an experienced education reformer.

The event will feature guest appearances from Connecticut lawmakers including Sen. Len Fasano, Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Gail Lavielle.

Building A Child-Centered Education System in Connecticut
Monday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Mark Twain House (351 Farmington Ave., Hartford)
Event partners: Yankee Institute, Connecticut Parents Union, EdChoice and National School Choice Week

Parents will attend a training led by local advocate Gwen Samuels that will cover how to advocate on behalf their children. State legislators will attend a policy discussion led by Dr. Martin Lueken, a national expert on school funding formulas, and Dr. Ben Scafidi, an expert on school choice.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness throughout the state about school choice and the different opportunities enjoyed by many students across the country. The celebration is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2017), which will feature more than 21,000 events across the country.

Event partners include the Yankee Institute, EdChoice and Connecticut Parents Union.

Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. Through more than 21,000 independently planned events across the country, National School Choice Week raises public awareness of all types of educational choices available to children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

Building A Child-Centered Education System in Connecticut
Jan. 23, Mark Twain House, Hartford
9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Welcome
10:15 a.m. -11 a.m. ABC’s of School Choice, Robert Enlow, president and CEO of EdChoice
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Policymaker track: Fiscal Effects of School Choice, Dr. Ben Scafidi; Funding Formula, Dr. Martin Lueken
Parent track: Parent Advocacy in the 2017 Legislative Session, Gwen Samuel
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote: Oklahoma Rep. Jason Nelson
1:30 p.m. Conclude

The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed.

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